Ex-Cowboys OL Byron Bell Signs with Packers, Jacob Alsadek Released

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistMay 30, 2018

Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle Byron Bell lines up against the Oakland Raiders during a preseason NFL football game, Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Roger Steinman)
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The Green Bay Packers have signed free-agent offensive lineman Byron Bell, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

The Packers also released offensive lineman Jacob Alsadek, per Schefter, after signing him as an undrafted free agent in April. According to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Arizona alum was the team's first signing following the draft.

Bell has been in the league for seven seasons, the first four with the Carolina Panthers. He missed just two games with Carolina and started 56 games at either right or left tackle.

He then started all 16 games for the Tennessee Titans in 2015 before an ankle injury cost him his entire 2016 season.

The 29-year-old latched on with the Dallas Cowboys last season and appeared in 12 games, mostly as a reserve. He started two games in place of the injured Tyron Smith but was a clear downgrade.

Still, Bell's experience makes him a valuable addition for the Packers while providing much-needed depth on the offensive line. Tackles David Bakhtiari and Bryan Bulaga remain on the roster, but both missed time due to injuries last season.

Bell and Jason Spriggs could represent solid alternatives if the starters get hurt again.

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